More support for Lancashire families at inquests

Funding: Simon Hughes

Funding: Simon Hughes

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Bereaved people in Lancashire will receive more emotional and practical support at inquests through a funding boost.

The Coroners’ Courts Support Service (CCSS) will be given £110,000 to expand services across the North West, with a share of the cash going to Preston and West Lancashire coroner’s court in Fulwood.

The new funding will help provide vulnerable witnesses and bereaved families with more help as they face inquests.

Volunteers working for the CCSS spend time with witnesses and the bereaved on the day - explaining the arrangements, answering questions and providing assurance at a time of need. The funding will provide more training.

Justice Minister Simon Hughes said: “I want people to know that coroners’ courts need not be scary places, and they can be open and welcoming. That is why we are making absolutely sure that the needs of bereaved families are put first and foremost.”